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The Comic Art of Francesco Francavilla Online Release this Tuesday

Tomorrow, Mondo is releasing the first round of remaining prints from their gallery show The Comic Art of Francesco Francavilla, which came to a close in Austin this past weekend.

Starting this Tuesday, September 13, Monday will begin selling posters at random times. You’ll need to pay attention to their Twitter acocunt for the sale announcement!

Check out below for what will be released and the price.

Captain America & Bucky #625 by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Signed & Hand Numbered. Edition of 225. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45

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Uncanny X-Men #1 by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Signed & Hand Numbered. Edition of 225. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45

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Big Man Plans #4 by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Signed & Hand Numbered. Edition of 125. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45

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Batman (Detective Comics #874) by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Signed & Hand Numbered. Edition of 225. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45

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The Re-Animator (Dynamite #4) by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Signed & Hand Numbered. Edition of 150. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45

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Josie and the Pussycats by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Signed & Hand Numbered. Edition of 175. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45

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Afterlife with Archie #23 by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Signed & Hand Numbered. Edition of 150. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45

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Review: Afterlife with Archie #10

Afterlife10CoverDespite its erratic release schedule, Afterlife with Archie #10 continues to be one of the best comics currently being released as it combine the time honored Archie mythos with various horror sub-genres. And for this standalone story featuring Josie and the Pussycats, writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla join forces to tell a tragic, yet lively vampire story featuring pop music.

Francavilla really shows off his versatility as an artist in Afterlife with Archie #10 as he believably conveys the history of the United States over the past 100 years through the lens of an all female singing group/rock band/whatever was “in” that decade. And he and Aguirre-Sacasa shift gears every few pages as the story begins as Annie or a Charles Dickens novel then switches to The Great Gatsby and Helter Skelter and in a final flourish, Interview with a Vampire. Aguirre-Sacasa does base the plot structure off that Anne Rice novel, but substitutes the Brad Pitt angst for fantastic outfits, guilt, and social commentary.

Afterlife with Archie #10 uses the interview format to provided a brutally honest character study of Josie, the frontwoman of Josie and the Pussycats while also being a meditation on the power and toxicity of fame. If you could be young, beautiful, and talented forever, would you and how much of your soul would you sacrifice? The scene where the mysterious Jay Gatsby stand-in is pretty horrific with a full page spread of red, black, and Josie’s eyes calling out in pain. Even more chilling is her heightened senses as a vampire, which Francavilla shows in a nine panel grid with colors that make it look like an old photograph. However, she doesn’t want to the Lana Del Rey song “Young and Beautiful” (which was on the soundtrack of the Baz Luhrman Great Gatsby film) and takes a shot at being one of the undead while giving her sisters that same painful gift.

Instead of trapping it beneath the glamor of the flappers and the freedom of 1960s counterculture, Aguirre-Sacasa and Francavilla confront racism in the United States head on in Afterlife with Archie #10. Early, in the comic, the Afterlife10InteriorCabot Sisters (an early incarnation of Josie and the Pussycats) are doing their first U.S. tour after being basically liberated from an orphanage when the head of the orphanage’s boyfriend wants to make money off their singing. There’s lots of fun and toe tapping that will amuse fans of Newsies and the Little Orphan Annie comic strips with a slight child star exploitation vibe going on in the background. But Aguirre-Sacasa doesn’t set the comic in an idealized fantasy world. After a performance in the South, a person throws a brick with a racist epithet through their hotel window directed towards Valerie, and they end up getting run out of town. But Aguirre-Sacasa gives them a full fledged dose of catharsis when after they become vampires, Josie and the gang devour KKK members in a panel that is classic Universal horror with the sisters flying against the moon and violently attacking the white supremacists. Even if they are vampires, Josie and the Pussycats have a heart for justice and doing the right thing as they are on their way to play a benefit concert for Riverdale when they get news about the events of Afterlife with Archie.

Even if you haven’t read Afterlife with Archie, this issue is worth picking up as a commentary on female-driven pop music in the 20th and early 21st century through the lens of the vampire genre as Josie and the Pussycats use their transformation to seize power over their own lives and not be exploited by men, like Uncle Buddy, who skimmed off their profits, and married their former band member Pepper. And Francesco Francavilla shows why he is the maestro of comics art with his ability to capture a range of emotions and situations from four girls rocking out at a concert to shots of wholesale slaughter and close-ups of beautiful and dangerous vampire eyes that Bela Lugosi would be proud of.

Also, if Sleater-Kinney ever did a cover of “Sympathy for the Devil”, it would pair well with Afterlife with Archie #10.

Story: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Art: Francesco Francavilla
Story: 9 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Paybacks #2Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: The Paybacks #2 (Heavy Metal) – If you read nothing else this week, read The Paybacks. It’s a brilliantly written series that should be on your pull list.

4001 A.D. #4 (Valiant) – Valiant’s summer event comes to a close with this issue, and having already read it, it’s a very satisfying conclusion. Every bit as good as I wanted it to be.

Bloodshot Reborn #16 (Valiant) – This is one of the best-looking comics around right now, and is worth reading just for the art. Fortunately, Jeff Lemire’s Groundhog Days meets Survivor story is violently captivating.

Howard The Duck #10 (Marvel)  – It’s a shame this series is coming to an end, and while I’m not sure when that’ll happen exactly, I’m going to enjoy each issue we get until the series is no more. Howard the Duck has been a brilliant read each month partly because of Chip Zdarsky’s jab at almost everybody, and partly because of the way the comic pokes fun at itself.

Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens #2 (Dark Horse) – A concept that’s as jaw dropping as having peanut butter on a hamburger – and just as delicious. No, don’t eat the comic. Read the comic, eat the peanut butter burger, love both.

 

Jason

Top Pick: Art Ops #11 (Vertigo) – Guest artist Rob Davis pits the Art Ops team against a centuries old monster, from a legendary artist rumoured to have painted deaths very essence into a painting in “The Boy Who Painted Death”.

My interest in Vertigo’s Art Ops waned for a few issues when Mike Allred’s art was restricted to him contributing covers, and this month’s inclusion of Warhol’s Silver Clouds means two of my favourite pop artists in one. This might not be a problem for everyone, but I’m a sucker for Allred’s insane pop art style so the change was slightly jarring at first. Even with Brundage taking over full-time art duties, bringing a much rougher hewn style to the page, Art Ops continues to be inventive both in its storytelling and visuals to bring us a true sleeper hit.

Howard The Duck #10 (Marvel) – The penultimate issue before we have to say goodbye again to the avian detective and Zdarksy’s hilarious run before he heads off to more cosmic affairs with Star Lord later this year. Last issue saw Howard deep in full meta commentary territory, with ratings chaser Mojo addressing his sporadic appearances in the Marvel Universe over the years. Issue ten promises the reveal of the mastermind behind the ducks most recent series of misadventures. A series that’s continued to be both hilarious and subversive, so let’s hope we aren’t waiting as long for another writer to realise Howard’s potential.

All-New Wolverine Annual #1 (Marvel) – In the wake of Logan’s death  readers saw Laura Kinney, formerly X-23 taking on the mantle of Wolverine, seeking out clones of herself and aiming to help them whenever possible. An exciting series from the start, Marvel have cemented her as the new Wolverine by embedding her deep into the post Secret Wars landscape with Laura joined by a number of allies this year from Doctor Strange, The Wasp and even Old Man Logan as she unravels the mystery behind her “sisters”. The first Wolverine Annual is no exception, with fan favourite Spider-Gwen swinging in for an all new story with the character find of the year, Jonathan: Actual Wolverine.

 

Anthony

Tokyo Ghost #10 (Image Comics) – It’s bittersweet that this will be the final issue of Tokyo Ghost for the foreseeable future. This series has done a great job at tackling and questioning a lot of present day problems, even with the futuristic setting. The creative team have been showing us a very terrifying and perhaps more overtly technologically hypnotized society that still parallels in many ways to the present day. The drama is greatly balanced with comedic moments and a truly emotional relationship between Debbie and Led.

Saga #37 (Image Comics)Saga is back! The gorgeous wraparound cover by Fiona Staples just elevates the hype for this arc in what sounds like will be an even more escalated situation after Hazel was finally reunited with her parents.

Afterlife with Archie #10 (Archie Comics/Archie Horror) – It’s always a good week when there is a new issue of Afterlife with Archie. Afterlife appeals to both fans and non-fans of Archie with its more dramatic, darker tone that is filled with surprises each and every issue. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has been scripting some great character pieces that heighten the relationships between each of the teens and adults of Riverdale unlike ever before. It’s also pretty hard to say no to Francesco Francavilla’s art that is just perfect in the horror setting. This issue looks to focus on the origin story of Josie and Pussycats.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Secret Coders Vol. 2: Paths & Portals (First Second) – Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes’ graphic novel series that teaches people to code while being entertained returns! The second volume is just as fantastic as the first, upping the mystery but more importantly it also includes multiple instances where it teaches you to code. Yes, even my 30 something self learned some skills! A perfect blend of entertainment and education.

Rough Riders #5 (Aftershock Comics) – The series that blends history and weirdness continues in its fun ways and I can’t wait. The comic is really entertaining and this issue has Teddy Roosevelt fighting the infamous Battle of San Juan Hill, but there’s also Thomas Edison, Annie Oakley, Harry Houdini, and Jack Johnson, all on their secret mission.

The Paybacks #2 (Heavy Metal Comics) – One of my favorite comics of the last year. The first volume was hillarious and this second volume looks to be just as good. This is superhero comedy at its best.

Skip to the End #1 (Heavy Metal Comics) – Jonny Wells desperately wants to relive his grunge rock royalty past. As bassist of Samsara, he craved the Rock’n’Roll lifestyle that eventually claimed the life of the band’s visionary lead singer and his best friend. Now a VH1 cautionary tale of drug addiction and self-loathing, Wells trades his smack for an old battered guitar, and discovers that returning to his former glory days are only a few chords away. Literally.

Tomboy #7 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – This series is under the radar unfortunately and people need to find out about it! It’s a mix of superhero/manga/Japanese horror with a teenage girl at the center of it all as a vigilante out for revenge to kill the people who killed her friend.

Preview: Afterlife With Archie #10

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #10

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Cover: Jim Balent
On Sale Date: 8/31
40-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

BETTY: RIP Pt. 5, “Interlude with the Pussycats” Before the end of the world began, a female pop trio was setting charts on fire. But in a world of TMZ and paparazzi-driven media, somehow these women kept their private lives a secret from everyone—until now. A full-access interview promises to show the tragic and terrifying origin story of Josie and the Pussycats. For TEEN+ Readers.

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Preview: Afterlife With Archie #10

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #10

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Cover: Jim Balent
On Sale Date: 8/31
40-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

BETTY: RIP Pt. 5, “Interlude with the Pussycats” Before the end of the world began, a female pop trio was setting charts on fire. But in a world of TMZ and paparazzi-driven media, somehow these women kept their private lives a secret from everyone—until now. A full-access interview promises to show the tragic and terrifying origin story of Josie and the Pussycats. For TEEN+ Readers.

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Afterlife with Archie #9 Sells Out and Returns with new Francesco Francavilla Cover

Archie Comics has announced that the highly anticipated ninth issue of the cult-hit horror series Afterlife with Archie has sold out at Diamond Comic Distributors and is going back to print with an all new cover by Francesco Francavilla!

The issue takes an in-depth look into Reggie Mantle, the one responsible for the zombie apocalypse facing Archie and the rest of the world.

Though the first printing has sold out at the distributor level, copies may still be available at your local comic shop.

If you missed the first printing or just want another piece of gorgeous Francavilla art for your collection, you can grab the second printing of Afterlife with Archie #9 in comic shops on July 6th and be ready for issue #10 when it arrives on August 17th.

The series is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with art by Francesco Francavilla and Jack Morelli.

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #9 2nd Printing Variant

Around the Tubes

DC-Universe-Rebirth-1-1-600x923The weekend is almost here and it’s a long one for a lot of us here at GP HQ! While you count down the hours like us, here’s some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

CBR – This may be the greatest Ant-Man cosplay you’ll ever see – This is awesome.

CBR – The Mission: “DC Universe: Rebirth” and the Apology Across Time & Space  – Always an amazing read.

Panels – On Steve Rogers #1, Antisemitism, and Publicity Stunts – Well worht a read.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Afterlife With Archie #9

The Beat – DC Universe: Rebirth #1

Nothing But Comics – Ghostbusters International #5

CBR – Ms. Marvel #7

Preview: Afterlife With Archie #9

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #9

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Cover: Dave Devries
On Sale Date: 5/25
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BETTY: RIP Pt. 4, “The Trouble with Reggie.” The Horror began in Riverdale when Reggie Mantle struck and killed Jughead’s beloved pooch Hot Dog. Since then, Reggie has been living with this secret knowledge—and terrible guilt. With no one to talk to about it, Reggie has started to crack under the strain. He is seeing visions of his dead friends—or are they literal ghosts? When an act of kindness prompts a confession from him, Reggie must decide for himself, once and for all—is there any good within him? Or is Reggie, as we’ve always suspected, beyond redemption? For TEEN+ Readers.

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Preview: Afterlife with Archie #9

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #9

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Cover: Dave Devries
On Sale Date: 5/25
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BETTY: RIP Pt. 4, “The Trouble with Reggie.” The Horror began in Riverdale when Reggie Mantle struck and killed Jughead’s beloved pooch Hot Dog. Since then, Reggie has been living with this secret knowledge—and terrible guilt. With no one to talk to about it, Reggie has started to crack under the strain. He is seeing visions of his dead friends—or are they literal ghosts? When an act of kindness prompts a confession from him, Reggie must decide for himself, once and for all—is there any good within him? Or is Reggie, as we’ve always suspected, beyond redemption? For TEEN+ Readers.

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Preview: Afterlife with Archie #9

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #9

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli
Afterlife with Archie #9 CVR A Reg: Francesco Francavilla
Afterlife with Archie #9 CVR B Variant: Dave Devries
On Sale Date: 6/1
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BETTY: RIP Pt. 4, “The Trouble with Reggie.” The Horror began in Riverdale when Reggie Mantle struck and killed Jughead’s beloved pooch Hot Dog. Since then, Reggie has been living with this secret knowledge—and terrible guilt. With no one to talk to about it, Reggie has started to crack under the strain. He is seeing visions of his dead friends—or are they literal ghosts? When an act of kindness prompts a confession from him, Reggie must decide for himself, once and for all—is there any good within him? Or is Reggie, as we’ve always suspected, beyond redemption? For TEEN+ Readers.

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